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Italian Meatballs [Vegan, Gluten-Free]

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These chickpea-based meatballs are deliciously free of gluten, dairy, and meat! They are quick and easy to make, and even easier to eat. There is no doubt that any Italian grandma will love this plant-based edition of the Italian-American classic!

Italian Meatballs [Vegan, Gluten-Free]

Calories

134

Serves

15

Cook Time

60

Ingredients

  • 1 cup sunflower seeds
  • 1 cup chickpeas
  • 1 yellow onion
  • 1 garlic clove
  • 1 cup gluten free panko bread crumbs
  • 2 tablespoons chia flour
  • 6 tablespoons aquafaba
  • 2 tablespoons tamari
  • 1 tablespoon miso paste
  • 1 tablespoon dijon mustard
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1/2 teaspoon oregano, dried
  • 1 handful fresh basil
  • Coconut oil, for frying

Preparation

  1. Process the sunflower seeds in a food processor. Set aside.
  2. Prepare the chia egg by combining the chia flour and aquafaba (or just plain water) in a small bowl.
  3. Process the onion, garlic and chickpeas in a food processor.
  4. Toss all the processed ingredients in a big bowl and add all the other ingredients. Use your hands to combine everything thoroughly.
  5. Roll the mixture into approximately 15 balls.
  6. To cook the meatballs, heat the coconut oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add the meatballs in batches, making sure not to overcrowd the pot. Cook, turning the meatballs to make sure they brown all over, 7-10 minutes per batch. Keep them warm while you coil the pasta and tomato sauce.
  7. Serve and enjoy!

Nutritional Information

Per Serving : Calories: 134 | Carbs: 10g | Fat: 2g | Protein: 4g | Sodium: 185mg | Sugar: 1g

Notes

The recipe makes about 15 meat balls. Something that works great is to make a bigger batch and freeze the balls before cooking them. Then you'll just have to fry them when you need a quick dinner in a couple of minutes! Yum!

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Natalie Yonan is a raw chef and recipe developer, she's the blogger behind Happy Health Blog. She combines her biggest passions of healthy foods and beauty by creating delicious, stunning, healthy and easy to make dishes that inspire people to bring more plant foods into their diets. She travels the world, experiments in the kitchen, and she's started her own raw dessert company and set up workshops to share her passion for food with the world.


 

 

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One comment on “Italian Meatballs [Vegan, Gluten-Free]”

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Kate
10 Days ago

Good question, Nadia.
I have to say that in my meat eating days almost 43years ago I loved meatballs. I\'\'ll have to try these. I would rather bake them as well. It\'s worth a try.


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Nadia Malik
10 Days ago

Can you bake these instead of frying i wonder


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